LET IT FREE
Today the radio frequency is similarly Balkanized. Parts are licensed to each cellular operator, parts to AM radio stations, other parts to FM radio stations, still other parts to TV “channels”. The chart below shows how the US has divided radio spectrum (click on it if you want to see the detail).
It's a fascinating chart, showing how spectrum is supremely sliced and diced. Tom highlights how amazing things can come from even tiny steps the FCC has taken into the world of unlicensed spectrum:
As an experiment, the FCC in the US and similar bodies in other countries have left small swatches of spectrum open for use without an explicit license. The availability of this open spectrum has led to important advances like WiFi (you don’t need a radio station license or permission from anyone to operate a WiFi network), Bluetooth, and the services offered by many WISPs (wireless ISPs) for broadband access to the Internet where wired broadband access is not available.
This explosion of innovation in the tiny amount of spectrum which is open parallels the innovation spawned by the existence of an open Internet.
Just imagine if this "Case Study" and/or experiment could free up more of the spectrum "eye-chart" above.
It'll be interesting to see how long this really takes, especially after the recent AWS $14 billion auction by the FCC. Tough for any government agency to walk away from that kind of dough.